John Rhoades, Chair
John Rhoades dedicates most of his volunteer time to participating in civic and community activities. For over 8 years, John has served both on the board of his neighborhood association and as an Elections Judge every Election Day. John has worked in local government, graduated from the Public Policy Fellowship at the Coro Center for Civic Leadership, and managed public policy initiatives for 2 years at the United Way of Allegheny County. Coming from a family of diverse political viewpoints, who instilled a respect for hearing all sides and a love of country above politics, John is registered as an Independent.
Jordan Pallitto, Treasurer
Jordan Pallitto is a management consultant by day and a public policy observer by night. He has experience with policy-related issues through local, state, and federal campaigns, policy analysis on behalf of client organizations across the country, leadership positions on a number of nonprofit boards, and a graduate degree in pubic policy and management. Jordan is registered as a Republican, has voted for candidates in both major parties, and tends to be more interested in good policy than partisan politics.
Will Bernstein, Committee Member
Will Bernstein is a policy analyst whose work includes analysis and research on issues impacting the economic competitiveness of the Pittsburgh region, with an emphasis on public pension reform, multi-modal transportation, healthcare, and housing and development in struggling communities. Will has a strong interest in creating effective, responsible government, and a transparent and fair election system, and is a registered Democrat.
James Michael Lomuscio, Committee Member
As the creator of several sport and lawn games, James Lomuscio sees even the political process through the eyes of a game designer: the parties are players, ballots are points, and changes to the "rules" of the game change everyone's behavior, even politicians. As a political independent, James seeks measures that would encourage political compromise and broad participation the political process while discouraging the practices of legislative stonewalling, winner-take-all outcomes, and negative campaigning.
Leah Scott, Committee Member
Leah Scott is a state and local tax consultant focusing on relocation analysis, credits, and incentives. Previously, she worked to provide youth quality and accessible out-of-school time programs through after-school policy and advocacy on the federal, state, and local levels of government. Leah is a Public Allies Pittsburgh alumna, a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, and holds a graduate degree in public policy and management. Leah is registered as a Republican who votes on candidates, not party lines, and believes bipartisanship is the critical strategy to create quality policy.
Conn Thieman, Committee Member
Conn Thieman is an attorney with a practice focusing primarily on mergers and acquisitions, private equity financing and general corporate counseling matters. Conn stays involved with the community through active participation on multiple nonprofit boards, is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh's Leadership Development Initiative, and served as a One Young World Ambassador to Johannesburg, South Africa. Prior to enrolling in law school, Conn was an internal consultant within the Strategic Initiatives Office of a large financial institution. Though Conn, like his colleagues in Commonwealth Commonsense, has voted for candidates in both major parties and weighs policy over partisan politics, he is a registered Democrat.